Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty, served as the first port of entry in the United States for approximately 12 million immigrants. Visitors can access the island by purchasing a ferry pass that also includes a visit to the Statue of Liberty. In the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, located in the main building of the complex, walk the Great Hall and feel the spirit of the hopeful arrivals waiting to begin their new lives. See photographs in the American Family Immigration History Center, where you can also search ship manifests for passenger names. Or explore the history of American immigration from before and after the Ellis Island era with the brand-new Peopling of America Center, opened in 2011 in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty's 125th anniversary and completed in May 2015. For more information, visit ellisisland.org.